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Virginia native and Birmingham-based interior designer Heather Chadduck Hillegas takes the role of  WILLIAMSBURG's second Designer in Residence. Chadduck reimagines the interior of the historic Nelson-Galt House, which is the oldest residential dwelling located in Colonial Williamsburg and dates back to 1695.

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“I'm deeply honored by the opportunity to live and work with Colonial Williamsburg as Designer in Residence, surrounded by some of the country's greatest works of architecture, craft, and design.

Heather Chadduck Hillegas

A Focus on Design

Featuring colors from our Williamsburg Paint Color Collection by Benjamin Moore, fabrics from Schumacher, and much more from our sponsors.

Mood Boards

by Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Photo by David Hillegas

Photos by Annie Schlechter

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One of the many private, non-exhibition homes on the grounds of Colonial Williamsburg, the Nelson-Galt House holds several rooms with original woodwork and heart pine floors.

The Designer in Residence project makes no structural changes to the home in order to preserve and protect the original history of the residence.

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Named one of Veranda magazine's Next Legends in 2021, Heather Chadduck Hillegas is a decorator and textile designer known for the spirit of hospitality that defines Southern style. A native of rural Virginia, Heather developed an early appreciation of the South’s historic homes and architecture. Before starting her own design business, Chadduck inspired others through her editorial work at Cottage Living, Coastal Living, and, most recently, as the style director of Southern Living.


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Photo by Annie Schlechter

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Buzz in the Community

Locals in Williamsburg, Virginia, are excited about Designer in Residence, too; hear their perspective.

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“I felt an instant connection upon my first school fieldtrip in the second grade. The living museum remains to be a constant source of inspiration in my design work. I will never forget my first visit to the blacksmithing shop or the sweet smell in the air of baking gingerbread cakes.”

Heather Chadduck on Colonial Williamsburg


Designer in Residence is made possible by WILLIAMSBURG Brand and the generous support of the WILLIAMSBURG licensees and our program sponsors.

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